July 2, 2022

Deep River to Vote on Proposed $14.28 Million Budget Plan in Day-Long Referendum Thursday

DEEP RIVER— A proposed $14.28 million town budget plan for 2012-1013 goes to the voters Thursday in a full-day referendum. Polls will be open at the Deep River Public Library community room polling place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The total $14,284,323 spending package includes a $3,504,265 town government budget, a $334,000 capital expenditure plan, and a $5,400,787 appropriation for Deep River Elementary School. The final component of the spending package, the town’s $4,304,478 share of the Region 4 education budget, was approved by the voters of Chester, Deep River, and Essex in a May 8 referendum.

The board of finance has announced the total spending package would require a four-tenths of a mill increase in the property tax rate. The rate would increase from the current rate of 24.28 mills to a tax rate of 24.68 mills, or $24.68 in tax for each $1,000 of assessed property value.

Deep River has voted on town budgets by referendum since 2001, though last year only 361 voters or property owners turned out for the 14 hours of balloting, approving the budget on a 244-120 vote.